- For more information about this character, see Marigold
She is the first plant the player receives for their Zen Garden (they start out with two Marigolds). In the Zen Garden, she can appear in many different colors and is the least expensive plant.
The only purpose of the Marigold is to give the player money. Outside of this, Marigolds are nearly pointless, due to the slow recharge and no attacking powers. Using this plant at higher levels is not recommended (especially Fog and Roof levels) as they take up space that would be used for more useful plants. However, Marigolds are great space fillers in early levels (when playing Adventure Mode again), due to the lack of stronger zombies and potential for hoarding excess sun. In later levels, Marigolds take up too many valuable slots to be worthwhile (especially on the Roof).
Another strategy is to plant an entire row of Marigolds with a Gold Magnet and one or two Garlic or Imitater Garlic plants in the front to divert the zombies away. This method does not work on levels with Gargantuars, Catapult Zombies, and Zombonis because they do not eat plants.
The Marigold is a plant obtainable for the Zen Garden. Upon finishing Level 5-4, the player can obtain the Watering Can from the final wave of zombies, which will subsequently grant access to the Zen Garden. Crazy Dave will then appear to introduce their Zen Garden. Unlike the Marigold in the main game, the Marigold in the Zen Garden comes with a wide variety of petal colors:
- Light Green
- White (this is the standard color for Marigolds in the main game and the only color in the iOS and Android Zen Gardens)
As with all Zen Garden plants, Marigolds can drop gold and silver coins periodically for the player if they are happy. More Marigolds may be bought at Crazy Dave's Twiddydinkies for $2500, which restocks with three Marigolds every day; there is no limit to purchases in the Nintendo DS version, and for some versions changing the system time will restock the shop. To prevent easy gold farming, Marigolds sell for $3000, which is $5000 less than regular plants' selling price, and give fewer coins and diamonds on reaching each stage of growth. Unlike other plants in the Zen Garden, Marigolds start out as a small flower, while all other plants begin as identical sprouts. A fully grown Marigold can be sold to Crazy Dave for a net profit of $1500. It remains to give you coins by watering it.
Plants vs. Zombies Wiki has a gallery for Marigold.
- When a Zen Garden Marigold is highlighted by the Watering Can in the Nintendo DS version of Plants vs. Zombies, she may change color instead of lighting up. The color she changes to depends on what color she is , and the petals may not change entirely, leaving small patches of the original color.
- Rather than starting as a sprout, Marigolds in the Zen Garden start as little flowers with three petals.
- The player will get her in their Zen Garden before they get her in Adventure Mode.
- In Versus Mode, the use of her is prohibited to prevent Versus Mode from being used as a tool for gold farming.
- Her sprouts can be seen growing in the loading bar on the title page before a Zombie's head shoots out of the lawn.
- She is the only Roof obtained plant that does not have a fast recharge.
- If the bend in the stem faces left, then she will face left (as shown with the white Marigold).
- There is a bug in the Nintendo DS version of Plants vs. Zombies where her stems and petal colors get messed up when the player is about to water them or is about to give them chocolate. This bug is only present in the Zen Garden.
- In Seeing Stars, Marigolds will eventually stop making coins, therefore not allowing gold farming.
- In the GOTY version of Plants vs. Zombies, Marigolds don't give coins after each wave has arrived in Last Stand.